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Mixed Use Zones Project Shares Preliminary Concepts at Public Workshops

Learn more and help shape new commercial/mixed use zones for Portland’s centers and corridors

Community members are invited to learn more about and contribute to the development of new zoning regulations governing commercial and mixed use development in Portland’s centers and corridors. The draft Comprehensive Plan forecasts roughly 50 percent of Portland’s new housing and jobs will occur in these key places throughout the city.

Please join the Mixed Use Zones Project team to:

  • Hear what we’ve learned from public input and research.
  • Learn about the potential zoning components, directions and framework.
  • Share your thoughts on the emerging zoning concepts.

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November 5, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; 1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 2500 (2nd Floor)

November 6, 2014, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Jefferson High School, 5210 N Kerby Ave (cafeteria)

Meeting Agenda

6 p.m. – Doors open

6:30 p.m. – Presentation: What we’ve learned; issues and concepts

7:30 p.m. – Work Session: Share your thoughts

8:30 p.m. – Wrap-Up: Common themes, next steps

9:00 p.m. – Adjourn

(Light snacks provided)

What is the Mixed Use Zones Project?

The Mixed Use Zones Project will revise Portland’s Commercial and Central Employment Zoning Codes applied in Centers and Corridors outside of the Central City. These zones (CN1/2, CO1/2, CM, CS, CG, CX, EX), in which mixed uses are allowed, were created more than 20 years ago when auto-oriented and low-intensity commercial uses were more common. 

The project will address issues that arise with new more intensive mixed use buildings, such as massing and design, transitions and step-downs, and ground floor uses.  An initial concept proposal is being developed this fall.  A more detailed Mixed Use Zones Concept Report is due this winter. Proposed zoning codes are expected in spring 2015. Public hearings on any proposed zoning codes are anticipated in June/July 2015.

Why are we doing this?

Portland is expected to grow — by roughly 122,000 households and 140,000 jobs — over the next 20 years. Where new people and businesses locate is key to supporting and enhancing the qualities that help make Portland an attractive place. Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan proposes to focus neighborhood businesses and much of new household growth in mixed use “Centers and Corridors” that will serve as the anchors of convenient, walkable neighborhoods. This will help Portland meet its goals for becoming a more prosperous, healthy, equitable and resilient city.

More information about the Mixed Use Zones Project



Phone: 503-823-7700

Mail: City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Avenue #7100, Portland, OR, 97201, Attn: Mixed Use Zones Project  

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Landlords are responsible for setting up and paying for service for their tenants

Resident putting out roll cartsPortland housing code (Title 29) requires owners of residential rental property to provide garbage, recycling and composting service to tenants. Each home, or unit in the case of a smallplex of 2 to 4 units, must be provided at least 20 gallons of every other week garbage service and weekly recycling and composting service. Bills for service must be in the owner’s name and be sent to the owner’s, or property manager’s, address for payment. All issues related to how, or if, landlords charge tenants for provision of services are outside of BPS authority. Title 29 neither requires nor prohibits landlords from recouping these costs from tenants.

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If there is something wrong with your account or material preparation, they will let you know. Otherwise as long as you call within two days of the missed collection, they will allow extra materials on your next collection day or arrange to send a truck back. If the roll cart was not at the curb by 6 a.m., was over the weight limit, or wasn’t properly prepared and you would like a return trip, charges will apply and you will be required to remedy any preparation problems. The charge is $7.95. Call your garbage hauler to arrange for this service.

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PSC News: October 14, 2014 Meeting Recap and Documents

Comprehensive Plan — hearing


  • Comprehensive Plan — hearing 

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at  

City Council to Hold Public Hearing on New Short-Term Rental Regulation

Renting out a room in an apartment or condominium would be allowed under new code amendments

Matthew Robinson
Office of Mayor Charlie Hales

Portland, ORE. — On Wednesday, November 19 at 2 p.m., Portlanders will be able to tell City Council what they think about a proposal to allow short-term rentals in apartments and condos. After they hear public testimony, commissioners will vote on whether or not to extend new short-term rental regulations beyond single-family homes.

The recommendations propose to allow accessory short-term rentals in up to ten percent of the total units in multi-dwelling structures such as apartments and condominiums. In buildings with fewer than ten units, one accessory short-term rental would be permitted. The new rules would be similar to those already in effect for single dwellings; basic safety measures must be met and required notice sent to surrounding residents.

For details of the proposal, read the Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft, October 20, 2014.

Last summer the Portland City Council approved new regulations for accessory short-term rentals in single family houses and duplexes. These regulations, effective on Aug. 29, 2014, created a new permit process that allows residents to rent up to two bedrooms in their home to overnight guests.

While Mayor Charlie Hales lauded this as a step in the right direction to support the sharing economy, he felt it didn’t go far enough and directed his staff to explore options for expanding the program to include multi-dwelling buildings.

Hales’ staff convened a working group, including housing interest groups and City staff to discuss issues related to short-term rentals in multi-dwelling buildings.

On Nov. 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. City Council will hold a public hearing on the recommendations in Accessory Short-Term Rentals in Multi-Dwelling Structures — Mayor’s Recommended Draft.

How to submit testimony on the Mayor’s Recommended Draft

Testify at the City Council hearing  The hearing, on Nov. 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm, will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall (1221 SW Fourth Avenue). Metered and paid parking is available in the vicinity. City Hall is served by many transit lines. Call TriMet at 503-238-7433 or check their web site at for routes and schedules.

Write to City Council  Send written testimony to the Council Clerk at 1221 SW Fourth Ave, Rm 130, Portland, OR 97204, or email Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing and must include your name and address.

Copies of the Mayor’s Recommended Draft are available at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 1900 SW 4th Ave, 7th Floor. Or you can request a copy to be mailed to you by calling 503‑823‑7700.